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Has cough, running nose, congested flum and poor appetite. Tried Alegra solution and Benedryl solution. Cure?

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My grand daughter aged 2, has cough, running nose, congested flum and has poor apetite. If forced, she vomits what all she had taken. This condition is prevalent for more than 6 months. We had tried Alegra solution & Benedryl solution but in vain. Till she was 6 months old she had acute spitting out problem which is now under control after we introduced solids by her 7th month.
Posted Wed, 10 Jul 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Divya Kuttikrishnan 1 hour later
Hi there,

Thanks for writing in.

I understand it is very sad and frustrating when children are unwell ; but we have to be patient. Once she gets older and develops her immune system, she will be fine.

Right now, it is going to be very difficult for your grand daughter to have a good diet because she is unwell with cold and cough. Even adults lose their appetite when they are faced with similar complaints.

Allegra and Benadryl solution are all temporary measures.

Don't force feed. Give her food as much as she can eat/drink. If you give her too much, she will vomit. At least whatever little nutrition she gets let it stay in her body.

Try to give her warm soups, kanji (rice gruel).
Warm water to drink at regular intervals.
Steam inhalation 3 times a day under adult supervision. Please be careful.
Mix a teaspoon of honey with a pinch of pepper powder and ask her to drink it. It will help soothe the cough and throat.
Avoid dusting the room/ sweeping the floor when she is around . Do so when she is not in the room. Dust can trigger allergies.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Divya Kuttikrishnan

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Follow-up: Has cough, running nose, congested flum and poor appetite. Tried Alegra solution and Benedryl solution. Cure? 41 minutes later
She has very disturbed sleep & coughs during sleep. Is there any medicine which can induce sleep for about 5/6 hrs?
Answered by Dr. Divya Kuttikrishnan 5 minutes later
It is not advisable to give sleep inducing medications. But some medications given for cold like Wikoryl syrup or Triaminic syrup do cause sedation to a slight effect.

Do discuss with the paediatrician before giving these kind of medications.
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